The untouchable Maybach Music Group is set to release their annual collab effort in 5 days, but today they decide to liberate the entire project online for your listening pleasure until September 17th. Guests include Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale, Gunplay, J.Cole, Rockie Fresh, Pusha T, Omarion, Fabolous, French Montana, Birdman and much more.
Praise due to the most high “Yeezus” as Kanye West scores his 6th #1 album, moving 327, 000 copies with J. Cole’s “Born Sinner” coming in at #2 with 297, 000. Rounding out the top 3 is Mac Miller coming in at a even 100, 000 copies sold for his album, “Watching Movies with the Sound Off”.
Kanye West commissioned Rick Rubin to help executive produce his album, “Yeezus” and with his sit down with the Wall Street Journal to discuss how the project all came to be. Check out the excerpt.
When and why did you join the “Yeezus” project?
Kanye came over to play me what I assumed was going to be the finished album at three weeks before the last possible delivery date. We ended up listening to three hours of partially finished pieces. The raw material was very strong but hadn’t yet come into focus. Many of the vocals hadn’t been recorded yet, and many of those still didn’t have lyrics. From what he played me, it sounded like several months more work had to be done. I joined the project because after discussing what he had played for me, he asked if I would be open to taking all of the raw material on and help him finish it.
How would you describe the new sound he was driving for, and how you did you help him arrive there?
He wanted the music to take a stripped-down minimal direction. He was always examining what we could take out instead of put in. A good example would be the song that became “Bound.” When he first played it for me, it was a more middle of the road R&B song, done in an adult contemporary style. Kanye had the idea of combining that track with a cool sample he had found and liked – I removed all of the R&B elements leaving only a single note baseline in the hook which we processed to have a punk edge in the Suicide tradition.
Can you recall a scene from the sessions that might help people understand his method in the studio?
We were working on a Sunday [the same day West attended a baby shower for girlfriend Kim [Kardashian] and the album was to be turned in two days later. Kanye was planning to go to Milan that night. Five songs still needed vocals and two or three of them still needed lyrics. He said, “Don’t worry, I will score 40 points for you in the fourth quarter.” In the two hours before had to run out to catch the plane, he did exactly that: finished all lyrics and performed them with gusto. A remarkable feat. He had total confidence in his ability to get the job done when push came to shove.
Tha Bizness treated us to tha bizness as they showed how they created the opening track, “Sherane” for Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut, “good kid m.A.A.d city” with the maschine . Absolutely genius
Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ album opened up to solid first week sales numbers.
It was nearly impossible to go to any music site across the web without hearing about Frank Ocean over the past week. The Odd Future member made quite a bit of noise over the past few weeks by officially coming out through a letter posted to his Tumblr, followed by an early album release of his much anticipated debut ‘Channel Orange.’
The project served as a follow up to Frank’s album worthy ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’ mixtape, and even though it released as a digital iTunes exclusive for the first week ‘Channel Orange’ still managed to sell an impressive 130,945 copies.
Although Ocean did become the center of attention after sharing his story where he found out he was in love with another man, the album wasn’t scheduled to release until today. It’s hard to say if releasing the album a week early through iTunes helped his sales, but either way it was enough to earn him the number 2 spot on the album sales charts behind Zac Brown Band’s ‘Uncaged’ which sold just under 240,000 copies.
Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange’ album has been available for the past week on iTunes, and is now available at retail locations as well. Ocean recently kicked off his ‘Channel Orange’ tour in Seattle, with plans to tour the rest of the country.
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